Last night, a Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) jet was shot down while carrying out sorties over eastern Aleppo, reports claim.

The Syrian warplane, type ‘Aero L-39 Albatros’, was conducting machine gun raids on Islamist insurgents in support of nearby Syrian infantry advances.

The plane crashed overnight, at around 1:00 AM local time, in a rebel-held urban area between Aleppo Citadel and the National Eye Hospital. The pilots, a Major and a Captain, did not manage to eject in time and died upon impact, initial reports suggest.

Local opposition sources claim the jet was not downed due to technical failure but rather as a result of insurgent anti-aircraft gunfire.

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It doesn’t really matter what happened at the end of theday two Syrian pilots have been killed end of, these things happen. The L-39 is basically a training aircraft which travels around 400mph which isn’t fast and may have been shot down but we have to remember that these aircraft have been flying for years and are no doubt way past there flying life, Syrian air force have be used for over 5yrs of combat, and we have to remember how much use did they see as trainers before the war. These aircraft are tired and worn so it could… Read more »

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Actually, as most of the trainer, L-39 is ALSO a light strike aircraft and can fly up to +600mph. The version SyAAF uses is even optimized in its strike role (more payload), thus, they are now 40 years old but you know, the main point are the engines, especially when you have a single one. No surprise that nowadays, it has became very current military aircrafts having dual engines. Doing close air support is also very dangerous : in case of problem, you won’t have time to eject yourself, now, even during the Vietnam war where there were serious AA… Read more »

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One thumbdowner knows f*****g nothing about aircraft and military technology…

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Sucks.